We cannot believe how quickly this year is passing us by. this term is full of nerves and excitement as we navigate: the SATs, transition to secondary school activities, adventure weeks, a school sleepover, the end of year production and our leaving service.
We have so much to look forward to and embrace.
Let’s share these experiences and enjoy our final term together at BSM!
Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.
THIS WEEK’S LEARNING: Week commencing 22 May 2023
Don’t forget our whole school trip to Kew Gardens on Friday!
This week in English, we will be continuing our exploration of explanation texts. We will be focussing on the year six requirements for a range of higher-level punctuation: commas, colons, semi-colons, ellipses, parenthesis, dashes, hyphens. (Inverted commas) Do we know what all these piece of punctuation are for? We will also be thinking about relative clauses and passive verbs before publishing a ‘perfect’ version of our text. There is a video and example of explanation texts on the link below:
We will also be revising how we can use apostrophes for contraction – where two words have been shortened and pushed together. For example, the shortened form of ‘she has’ is ‘she’s.’ Which letters have been removed? Try to think of any other words that could be shortened with have, e.g. I have. Explore other words that can be contracted, e.g. do not, is not, have not which become don’t, isn’t, haven’t. You could construct a chart of examples of shortened words, alongside the original two words.
In grammar, we will be continuing to consolidate our use of grammatical terminology. The following links gives a helpful summary of the vocabulary that you should be familiar with:
YR6 Grammar terminology booklet.pdf
Please login to SPAG.com and revise ‘Year 6 test G.’
(Google is also always very useful for grammar definitions and reminders, as is: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-grammar/grammar-year-6-age-10-11/.)
Please ensure you are reading with your parents regularly, with at least three entries with parent signatures in your reading diary. Don’t forget to complete a book review each time you finish your book for a chance to be entered into the prize draw.
The comprehension text for the week will be: ‘If You Can’t go Over or Under, Go Round.’ Please complete the word meaning, summary and structure questions on pages 18-19 of your poetry comprehension homework book, we will then discuss the answers in class next Monday.
In Maths this week, we will be continuing the topic of algebra. We will be thinking about how to find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns. For example, if a + b = 6, what possible solutions can we think of? Taking this further, think about the following example: 𝑋 and 𝑌 are whole numbers. • 𝑋 is a one digit odd number. • 𝑌 is a two digit even number. • 𝑋 + 𝑌 = 25. Find all the possible pairs of numbers that satisfy the equation. We will also be solving formula such as: 4x+2=22 or 2n+3=11
There are videos to help on the link below:
There is also the video to help you and your parents at home, explaining how algebra is taught through the White Rose scheme. (See programme 6 – algebra.)
Many thanks for your continued support, Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.
Click here to see what we did in previous weeks
Please encourage your children to read at home and complete their reading diaries.
Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.
SUPPORTING MATHS AT HOME
SPELLING & GRAMMAR
SPAG suggestions Autumn 2023
SPAG suggestions Spring 2023
Comprehension Autumn 2023
Comprehension Spring 2023
NATIONAL CURRUCULUM TARGETS
We wanted to write to you to explain about how we, as a class, are going to help you prepare for the SAT tests in May.
As a school, we want to help you feel prepared and relaxed, knowing exactly what the week will hold and having the skills to feel confident with the papers in front of you. Just like you would practise for a music exam, dance exam or at football training, we will look at SAT papers in advance so that you are familiar with the format, types of questions and have a chance to see how much time you have. There will be no last minute surprises. Remember, nobody is expected to score perfect marks, there will be questions you cannot do and you will still meet year six expectations. Any areas you are worried about, we can work on these together. (Drop us a post it note and you know we will help!) Remember, every day at school you are showing your knowledge, skills and abilities and we are continually gathering the evidence of your learning. The SATs are just another piece of this evidence in the jigsaw of your school life.
For those of you that think extra practise at home will help, remember all past papers are online, you have access to SPAG.com. and keep carefully completing your weekly comprehensions. There will also be links and suggestions on our class web page. If you want anything extra – just ask.
Most importantly, we just want to reassure you that you can do this. We recognise that when some of you think about SATs you naturally feel worried – this is completely normal. Every adult and child feels nervous when they are put in a situation where they are ‘tested.’ However, like all situations when you face your fears, you will feel so proud of yourselves when they are all over. Until then, remember to take time to do the things you enjoy: go for a run, play your music, your games, take time out with family, friends and pets. Eat well and sleep well, you have got this!!! We will be standing right by your side and reminding you how amazing you are.
Team year six – let’s do this!!
Mrs Field and Mrs Parry.